Jan Dransfield Partner

Meet Jan

Jan is a leading employment lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of employment and workplace relations law as well as discrimination law, remuneration and benefits, and superannuation.

She advises clients across a broad range of industries, including transport, information technology, education, media, financial services, pharmaceuticals, and retail.

Leading corporates and multinationals go to Jan for advice on their most sensitive or complex matters, including major corporate reorganisations and restructures, senior executive appointments and separations, complex workplace investigations, and workforce transformation projects.

Jan has experience handling complex employment claims and disputes, including representing clients in significant litigation before courts, the Fair Work Commission and anti-discrimination tribunals. Jan has niche expertise in workplace training, including delivering presentations at board and senior management level.

Clients praise Jan for being a "very thorough and responsive lawyer, who gives concise briefings and appropriate advice", Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014.

Experience

General

Qantas Airways

Advising on employment aspects of organisational restructures, drafting template employment documents, defending claims brought before the Fair Work Commission, and proceedings before the Federal Court of Australia and State Supreme Courts.

Unilever and T2

Assisting Unilever on employment aspects of its successful acquisition of T2, a premium Australian tea business, including transfer of employees.

Global investment bank

Advising on corporate reorganisations and structures, representation in relation to claims and legal proceedings brought by former employees.

Confidential health services client

Conducting an investigation into allegations of bullying and advising on related disciplinary aspects and successfully resolving all claims.

Investigating allegations of bullying and advising on related disciplinary aspects

Advising on enforcement of post-employment restraints and non-solicitation obligations, acting in relation to injunction proceedings and successfully negotiating undertakings.

Recognition

Ranked as a leading employment lawyer
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018-2021
‘Jan Dransfield is approachable, practical and thoughtful in her advice. She always sees the bigger picture and her strategic thinking and problem solving is exceptional'
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2021
Recgonised in employee benefits, labour and employment and occupational health and safety law
Best Lawyers, since 2010
Jan Dransfield "is fantastic to deal with and is always calm, practical, commercial and great at strategising. She is always thinking ahead"
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2020
Jan "is an excellent litigator and handles complex litigious matters calmly and strategically"
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
Clients highlight department head Jan Dransfield for being a "very thorough and responsive lawyer, who gives concise briefings and appropriate advice"
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014
Practice head Jan Dransfield "always has the ability to get the right result"
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2014
Named lawyer of the year for employee benefits law
Best Lawyers, 2013

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Relations), University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales 

Memberships

  • New South Wales Equal Employment Opportunities Practitioners Association 
  • Australian Labour Lawyers Association
  • Women Lawyers Association of New South Wales

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